Swifts coach Brendon Smith is back in the dugout after a recent scare.
Swifts coach Brendon Smith is back in the dugout after a recent scare. Sarah Harvey

Smith given all clear

FOR someone as calm as Swifts coach Brendon Smith, it’s unusual to see him concerned.

That’s especially the case after he guided the Bluebirds to their first Ipswich A-grade women’s premiership last season.

However, the popular hockey stalwart sensed something was amiss when he suffered heart flutters during a game a month ago.

“I thought I was having a heart attack – coaching the women,” Smith said, with a grin.

The 41-year-old wisely took notice of his body and has received the all-clear.

“They had to do all the checks and the family history of it but everything is good,” Smith said.

Seeing Smith back in the dugout for Saturday’s match against Toowoomba club opponents Newtown was a relief for him, his family and his many friends in the hockey community.

In the latest match, the loyal campaigner didn’t have much to worry about as the defending premiers rolled Newtown 6-0.

Swifts only led 2-0 at halftime despite having most of the attack and hardly having to move the ball from their own half.

But as is often the case with Swifts, the scoring floodgates opened in the second half.

Di Casey, Kirsty Bennett and Bridget McLean added to first half goals by captain Anne-Marie Callow and Bonnie Webb.

After what turned out a training run for the well-drilled Swifts team, Smith was happy to be back doing what he enjoys.

“We’ve got that luxury, without being cocky, of having a team with a lot of goal scorers,” Smith said.

“We’re pretty versatile with positions. We will create opportunities.

“It’s just being patient and a matter of time.”

Even with a few players out, Swifts never looked threatened.

“I thought it was a well-structured game. It was the best we’ve thrown the ball around all season,” Smith said.

“We’ve got Rangeville (Toowoomba’s top side) next week and if we play like we did today, we’re a good show.”

Smith was also satisfied with his competition leading side’s 5-3 win over second-placed Hancocks the previous week.

“It’s a good hitout when both sides are full strength,” he said.

“They (Hancocks) are a quality side. They have got plenty of finishers in their team too.

“We are where we want to be at the moment and everything is going well.

“Trainings are good, turn-ups are good.”

However, the experienced campaigner is aware other teams are developing strategies to try to stop Swifts.

“We are beatable. We know that,” he said.

“The teams are slowly working us out, the style of hockey we play, and they are trying to shut us down that way.

“We’re working on that also, with different positional play and just being patient.”

Saturday’s 5.30pm game against Toowoomba hotshots Rangeville at Raceview should be another chance for Swifts to be patient – and to stamp their authority.